Curcumin - A colourful cure for painful joints

by Team NCNR | February 21, 2016 Views :

Turmeric is a staple of Indian culture. From our food to religious occasions and even weddings, turmeric has a diverse spectrum of applications. In our curries, dals, vegetables etc. turmeric is used for colour and aroma.

Apart from the aesthetic aspect of it, turmeric is now coming to be known as one of the most potent healers and is widely used as a part of alternative therapy.

What’s so special about turmeric?

Turmeric gets its yellow colour because of its active component called ‘CURCUMIN’. It has been found to possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Inflammation, especially in the joints, is the main reason for the development of joint pain, swelling and severe painful inflammatory conditions such rheumatoid arthritis.

Turmeric gets its yellow colour because of its active component called ‘CURCUMIN’. Curcumin has been found to possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

How Does Curcumin Work?

Curcumin reduces inflammation through several mechanisms. One of the mechanisms involves reducing the activity of inflammation-producing enzyme called COX-2. Curcumin helps slow down naturally occurring cell death in inflamed joint tissue and thus helps preserve joint function.

Is there any science to back these claims?

According to a research study published in Physiotherapy Research, a dosage of 500 mg of patented Curcumin formulation, twice a day, proved to be better in treatment of joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis than commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs.

Excellent! What else does it do?

Curcumin exhibits the following:

  • Strong anti-oxidant properties

  • Boosts body’s natural antioxidant systems present within the cells.

  • Helps enhance the detoxifying function of liver.

The anti-inflammation property of Curcumin is also being studied by researchers in treatment of many other inflammatory conditions like Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, cancer etc.

Spice vs. Supplement

Curcumin is naturally present in turmeric, but its concentration varies between 2 and 9 percent. In addition, Curcumin from turmeric has poor bioavailability.

A dosage of 500 mg of patented Curcumin formulation, twice a day, proved to be better in treatment of joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis than commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs

Hence, to achieve therapeutic benefits, a supplement with standardized Curcumin content is a better choice. Find labels that read 95 percent Curcumin and research supplements before purchase, to ensure that you are getting the most bioavailable supplement possible.

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